1. We have now gone 51 away games against the so-called ?Sky 4? without winning a game. Even last night's Arsenal programme made a point of saying it was the longest run by any side in the Premier League. Blackpool, Wigan, WBA, Fulham and Blackburn have won at one of these grounds. So how is that run explained in footballing terms?
Why have we never held a lead? Why have we never come from behind to win? Have we never caught any of these teams on an ?off day? unlike these others?
2. Last night we were under no more pressure going into the last 20 mins than we had been all night. Arsenal, and in particular Walcott and the RB, were not causing any real problems down our left. He then substitutes Bily for Osman. The crowd?s reaction to Billy was generally positive, recognizing that, whilst he may not have pulled up any trees, he was solid, rarely gave the ball away and formed a good defensive foil for Baines. Yes, those that can see nothing in him were not displeased but judging from the crowd?s reaction they were in the minority.
So, Osman out wide to support Baines whilst still winning and not really looking like we were about to capitulate. Why? Osman and pace are not synonymous so how was he going to support Baines in combatting their speed and movement? Bily, for all his critics, showed that a tactical brain alongside average pace can stop youthful exuberance.
3. Jagielka ? a centre-half ? on for a right-back when we are losing. Were we trying to get back into the game? Or did Moyes think we were about to concede a shedload and putting Jags in would stop that? That suggests they were marauding down our right ? sorry, I didn?t see that... so please explain. Perhaps he thought his height would be of help from set pieces ? how many goals has he scored? Perhaps he thought?? well, actually ? what could be his thinking???
4. A centre-forward who scored in the derby, again the following week in the cup, and almost scored in his 2 minute cameo against Chelsea, sits on the bench... and Anichebe comes on! What logic or rational thinking is going on here? Somebody please enlighten me.
Alongside that, Coleman is replaced, thereby depriving us of any natural width on either side of the pitch. Don?t most footballing people believe that width is the most dangerous asset when attacking? If so, does this substitution suggest appeasement and capitulation and no intention to win?
Moving from the footballing issues to the personal. Can somebody explain how anybody who comes across on TV as despondent, lacking enthusiasm and generally morose can inspire players? As human beings, we want to believe in people and want people to believe in us. The need for a positive approach is fundamental to all sportsmen; if you don?t believe you can do it, and those around you don?t believe you can do it, then you won?t.
Sport psychology (amongst other things) is based on attitude and approach and getting players to achieve at the top level relies heavily on it. It might be argued that Moyes may be more enthusiastic when off camera, but does anyone actually believe that?
The recent debacle in the transfer window appears to be reinforcing his pessimism, which is probably being translated to the players. When they see this how will they respond? Last night showed the answer ? brittle confidence and low expectations. We went one up and gradually showed less and less desire to get a second (tactics or fear?).
When we conceded, we knew a second was imminent because there was a lack of passion to stand up and be counted. Don?t get me wrong, the players tried and I have no criticism of them per se, but where was the inner belief that they could hold out? Had it been sapped by the negative vibes Moyes has shown all season and his tactics? How can people follow a leader who appears lacking in belief and lacking in ideas? The players themselves can see what is happening ? Arteta made a point of meeting Bily as he walked off as if to say ?I don?t understand it either mate?. What do they think when Neville is replaced by Jags when were losing with 10 mins to go?
So my final question is ? Where is the justification for keeping Moyes? Please don?t answer ?cos there?s nobody better? because the reality is you don?t know that. How many were jumping up and down with joy when a bloke from Preston who had managed to get to two play-offs (and lose them both ? pointer for the future?) was appointed? For me he is no longer a ?safe pair of hands? ? he?s a liability whose star is most certainly in the descendency.
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1 Posted 02/02/2011 at 16:40:11
After Brentford beat us, it was a bottle throwing thug.
After Arsenal beat us, it's Cesc Fabregas and his vile abuse.
Strange how the ref has not said anything in his report.
Moyes, you are a delinquent. Please go now you excuse making waste of space.
2 Posted 02/02/2011 at 16:42:57
3 Posted 02/02/2011 at 16:53:19
4 Posted 02/02/2011 at 17:08:08
Sadly, I think it's very difficult to get fans to be critical of their club's manager when there is so much anger being vented towrds the chairman/board.
It's as if the double-whammy of feeling that the board and manager are not going to progress the club is too much for fans to take.
If we have to choose one issue to really push I would second your article and focus on the manager.
Unlike many contributors to this site, I believe that EFC is a first and foremost a commodity that will be sold when the owners are good and ready. Moreover, what position are we in to judge the board when there seems to be an absence of facts, as Rafa Beneathus would say.
Any fans who vehemently disagree, put your money where your mouth is and buy the club. The board will sell if you match their valuation.
5 Posted 02/02/2011 at 17:12:47
6 Posted 02/02/2011 at 17:33:36
At last an article in the press (almost) asks proper questions of the everton chairman and why he is doing F all in relation to getting funds into the club.
Does not quite go the full distance but at least the general press is now finally getting to the matter of no cash and or futuer strategy, given the appalling transfer activity in the Jan window. The fact that we let 3 first teamers go and could not even afford a loan signing is ridiculous, especially when our squad is alerdy one of the smallest.
This summer something has to give......either Moyes tells BK to shove it or the administrator does!
I for one would like to see a change in manager, with a fresh/more positive approach but will now concentrate on seeing if anything changes at board level. The accounts have to be issued this month (will probably go to the last possible day) and would ne intersting to see if the auditors give a clean bill of health (for a year anyway).
Either way link to BBC article below.
7 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:39:10
8 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:17:49
We were 1-0 up and cruising I thought. Yes bily was losing possession poorly but I still felt there was no threat coming from Arsenal and we were comfortable.
What pisses me off is Moyes usually waits until the 90th minute to make substitutions when changes are clearly needed much earlier. It is always the same formula if we are losing he will bring on strikers, if winning he will bring on defensive players, this all makes perfect sense so why break all his tried and tested rules and put on a midfielder in the wrong position when we are 1-0 up? The one time we don?t need a change he brings on his favourites.
Moyes biggest strength is also his biggest weakness. He is very loyal to his players that work hard or show good attitude, which is why he usually gets the best out of his players but this also means that these same players are unlikely to be dropped unless they are injured or suspended; unfortunately, Osman never seems to get injured or suspended. Osman should not play for Everton unless Fellaini and Arteta are stretchered off the field. How many times do we have to see Everton get torn apart while Osman plays on the wings?
Where was Rodwell playing? He seemed to be up front at times but by the end he seemed to be our deepest defender. A couple of times I saw him playing Arsenal on side in dangerous positions when he should have been further up field.
9 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:40:28
Kenwright has bought himself a coach who will stay silent and will keep Everton in the premier league. The media love both of them and ,sadly so do too many Evertonians.
It will take a lot of points to stay up this season. A decent West Ham side went down with something like 43. There problem wasn't too many defeats , it was the failure to turn too many draws into wins. Ring any bells?
10 Posted 02/02/2011 at 17:28:21
He's never challenged in the national press because we are of no interest having morphed into coventry/southampton/charlton (delete as required) under his watch and drifts under the news radar.
The Walter Smith/agent Johnson combo drained the last vestiges of passion from diehards of Nil Satis so the Moyes party piece of organised journeymen primed for defence has been tolerated.
A means to an end, but a long term strategy?
He should have went years ago, if he'd had decent judgement he would've known himself, but that's the Moyes problem-his decision making is poor.
He's a limited man who has been very very lucky.
11 Posted 02/02/2011 at 18:42:39
His tactical acumen is a joke, his use of significant funds to purchase 'bigger' players a disgrace, he destroys strikers because of the horrible systems he plays, he's stubborn to a major fault, he can't see that Hibbert, Osman and Anichibe are a waste of space and money,he never buys pace, he distrusts skill, he barks orders to premier players all game long...he never made the grade, so let them fucking play!; he's dour and boring and Everton reflect his personility right now. I resent that I have had to suffer this for 9 years of my life...thats a big percentage of all our blue following lives and the sooner he leaves the better.
12 Posted 02/02/2011 at 19:03:35
The substitutions were beyond ridiculous. The way Moyes treats forwards is poisonous and were I a striker I would really not want to play under Moyes. Strikers need runs of games and to get into confidence/rhythm. Beckford was in form and then dropped as was Yakubu. Anichebe on the other hand is one of the worst players ever to play in the EPL and that is not exaggerating he really is that bad. Fitting the match ended with him trying to cross the ball and missing it completely.
The Jagielka sub I have no idea what the hell Moyes was thinking and can anyone explain it because I can't! Moyes was inept last night and it's ashame because the Fellaini performance was masterful and he deserved to be on the winning side.
13 Posted 02/02/2011 at 19:22:31
14 Posted 02/02/2011 at 19:38:40
I was absolutely gutted at Osman's introduction, we simply fell apart down our left flank. I found the whole thing exasperating if only for the predictability of the outcome. Up to his introduction I honestly felt we would get a result but immediately following the substitutions it looked as though we might get totally overrun at one stage.
15 Posted 02/02/2011 at 20:12:46
When David Moyes arrived here his squad was an absolute joke, for all Walter Smiths experience he could do nothing with it, relegation was an absolute certainty.
Moyes gave Evertonians back their pride, he was able to get performances out of players other managers could only dream of. but he was always outgunned by the big boyes.
The misleading stats that Moyes`s critics like to throw up whenever we have lost may fool the goldfish or the very easily led, but the rest of us will seem them for what they are and dismiss them with the contempt they deserve. It may suit some to want to bury the facts under Deliberately misleading stats, but like tens thousands of Evertonians I will not be fooled.
For a high percentage (100 ) of the games Moyes has gone into against the top 4, his counterpart has enjoyed a monumental advantage. DM`s critics choose to forget that we were sending people like Bent, Pistone, and Davies into battle against players like Bergkamp, Vierra, Essien, Gerrard, Giggs, Zola, Alonso. . . they forget that When the Arsenal back four were footballs toughest nut, we were asking Thomas Radzinsky to crack it. . . .they forget than When Henry raced through at warp factor 6, we were asking Stubsie and Davey Weir to catch him !
They forget all of that, throw up mere stats, scratch their heads and wonder why we always got beat . .
Without Funds Davey moyes has slowly but surely built us a decent team. Of course he is 5-6 really important pieces short of completing the jigsaw and it looks like he wont ever get the chance, but if you really want to measure his performances against the top teams you can always stick with bare facts.Look at Redknaps record against him, look at SAF`s recent record against him, think of the 4 points against Rs this season and dont waste your time trying to remember when Ancelotti or Mancini outsmarted him.
Accept defeat against Gracefully, They are a top side, losing to top sides happens, even to the greatest coaches .
If you want to judge moyes`s record agaist the top boys do it over recent seasons . .then give us the list of managers who have bettered it, that wont take long to compile and you wont have to worry about your memory letting you down.
Btw Jim : Bily was having a weston, I dont know where you were but everyone around me was screaming for him to come off, Arsenal were begining to treat him like he wasnt there and Neville asked to come off too . . but hey lets get the stats out, facts are nowhere near as damning
16 Posted 02/02/2011 at 22:28:59
17 Posted 02/02/2011 at 22:32:51
18 Posted 02/02/2011 at 22:23:58
Despite all of his faults I do not and never have put any blame on his shoulders. I am quite sure that Leon does everything humanly possible for one with what little he has to offer.
Instead of clouding the issue with rants about what Fabregas said off the pitch Moyes could do better to explain why he made three totally stupid substitutions.
19 Posted 02/02/2011 at 23:06:58
Are you a social worker per chance Jim? Funny when I read the paragraph quoted above I was reminded of the old lyric "When the going gets tough, the tough get going,,,"
20 Posted 02/02/2011 at 23:45:08
21 Posted 02/02/2011 at 23:38:50
I thought the players didnt show any kind of dis-spirit after the tranfer window, quite the opposite actually. Bar the last 20 minutes we played well.
I think Moyes is more into his modern sports pyschology than many other British managers. Any decent sports article I read about him over the last few years (e.g. Observer Sports Magazine) have emphasied this.
I believe Moyes is the only thing that's holding the club together, despite the shocking lack of support from the board. He's clearly a man of the highest integrity. He's not going to get every decision right, but what manager does?
22 Posted 02/02/2011 at 23:56:19
it is easy to assume things when you are not privy to all the facts and a lot of the time things may not be as they appear. You cannot simply say that a certain decision made by DM was good or bad when you are not privy to all the facts. For example you wouldn't be aware if a player during the half time break said to DM i can only last another 10 or 15 minutes or i have an injury that is troubling me.
It's very easy to be judge and jury from the stands but unless you are aware of all the facts it is pointless speculating about why certain decisions are made. Ask "why" yes, but to judge is tactically inept on your behalf.
23 Posted 03/02/2011 at 00:12:29
24 Posted 03/02/2011 at 01:31:10
What other manager has spent the same or less than Moyes and achieved consistent top 6 places even O'Neill that everbody raves about could not finish above Moyes over the course of their respective Premiership management. 3 LMA awards speak for themselves especially when they were achived under Kenwright's regime.
However I do think that his star is fading now that all the bullshit has worn him down but give the man his due he has put more into EFC over the last 9 years than anybody.
25 Posted 03/02/2011 at 02:32:52
26 Posted 03/02/2011 at 01:17:53
Paul Baxter - thanks for the link. It was a good analysis. The telling bit was how it showed Bily and Coleman shutting down's their wingers, which helps the defence that you don't just judge a player while he's on the ball - I'm talking about Bily here.
His game wasn't terrible - had he have had a longer run this season, I think he could have a had a couple of goals in this game from his chances - but wasn't great on the ball. Off the ball, he is smart and moves in the right places. Compare that with his replacement - I'm not even saying his name anymore because he no longer exists to me as a footballer - who runs around like a chook with it's head cut off while not in possession, and runs like a crab when in possession.
27 Posted 03/02/2011 at 02:53:59
Yeah. 51 games without even snatching one win. Pretty unbelievable I know.
"It may suit some to want to bury the facts under Deliberately misleading stats.."
To say we have not won in 51 away games against the 'big 4' is not misleading at all David. Is it an untruth? An exaggeration? No, it is a fact. A fact you have chosen to counteract with feeble excuses. Managers with far worse players than Stubbs, Weir , Radzinski et al at their disposal have come away with victories against these sides in the past. As Jim says, Wigan, Blackpool, West Brom have all managed to overcome the top sides " monumental advantage" in recent times. Just because David Moyes hasn't managed to do so does not make it Mission Impossible.
" Davey moyes has slowly but surely built us a decent team. Of course he is 5-6 really important pieces short of completing the jigsaw"
So he's only built half a team then David?
"look at SAF`s recent record against him"
Let's look at the overall record. Two wins in 9 years.
"think of the 4 points against Rs this season "
...but don't mention the fact we haven't won once at Anfield during his reign. Suppose you agree with his assertion that we should be saying it is 'incredible' for Everton to even come away with a draw against the mutated neighbours these days?
28 Posted 03/02/2011 at 03:52:24
29 Posted 03/02/2011 at 14:05:20
30 Posted 03/02/2011 at 15:44:42
No one else saw Neville asking to come off but I have no problem accepting that but with 10 mns to go surely he should have gone to win the game and brought Beckford on putting Coleman back. If Coleman was knackered he was still getting closer than Rodwell to his man so what's his excuse? Too many people trying to make excuses instead of facing facts - he's had 9 years and we are now stagnating.
Ps I'm not a social worker !!!
31 Posted 03/02/2011 at 16:01:15
32 Posted 03/02/2011 at 16:43:16
Did you have a few before the game ?
60 thousand people saw Neville signal to come off, Two on this thred alone.
33 Posted 03/02/2011 at 22:29:50
34 Posted 03/02/2011 at 23:36:10
I have looked at the zonalmarking website and just look at the line ups for first and second halves. For the love of God why do we have 10 players in our own half, we should have pressed for a second goal.
David Moyes has consistently failed to make match changing substitutions. He sends the team out with the intention not to lose. Well that is great but, we need to win some games too! Attack minded players have become defensively minded. The players dont look bothered anymore, but for that I blame Moyes. Why is Arteta still gracing the team week in week out?
I would happily let him see out the remainder of his multi million pound contract if he could just show me that he still has the passion for the 'people'. Does he give a shit that we worship everything Everton and that we live and breath for success on the pitch? Does he care that we have opinions on what may work on the pitch (his tactics generally aren't)? Does he give a flying fuck for anyone at Everton? If he sent a team out to win games I will forgive him and become a loyal Moyes supporter. Knowing that he can't/ won't, I guess it's just time for him to JOG ON!
On a much lighter and far more positive note. Pleasing to see that the financial records were posted at the end of Jan (approx 2 months late I believe). Still cloak and dagger as to when they will be released. But better still the club made an 'official announcement' regarding this. Hopefully a sign that they see a growing number of fans using forums such as this one to voice concerns. They must know their time is coming to an end. I am personally worried that administration is looming.
35 Posted 04/02/2011 at 00:40:56
It is a shame that so many other posters try to undermine broad arguments with pedantic attacks on non-critical supporting points.
I wrote an article called risk management not long ago, which was slaughtered before readers even got to the crux of the matter.
Put simply, moyes' negativity (4-6-0 at Arsenal!) is not only dull but also very unconvincing as a long-term strategy.
I would rather get twatted 4-0 and feel proud of the team than watch the counter attacking shit house dross a la City away.
Maybe Spanish football is the answer. Anyone know any good teams out there that wear blue?
36 Posted 04/02/2011 at 12:40:33
Bily didn't find a blue shirt all night, he continually lost possession and offered no fight at all. It wouldn't have made a blind bit of difference if he was took off and not replaced, he was a complete passenger.
Your desire to blame Moyes is obvious, but the substitutions did not cost us the game; individual defensive errors did ? I take it you saw them.
37 Posted 04/02/2011 at 16:32:37
I'd play Arteta on the left wing as I don't think he's playing well enough in the middle plus I think he's link up with Baines just like Pienaar did.
Rodwell, Fellaini and Coleman would fill the rest of the midfield.
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